WTI Offers Mini-Scholarships for Industry Certifications

The College of Science and Technology in coordination with the Department of Computer
Science is pleased to announce funding for mini-scholarships for information technology
industry certifications.  Eligible students must be majoring or minoring in Computer
Science or Information Technology.  The College’s Workforce Talent Initiative (WTI)
is administering the mini-scholarship program.

If any Computer Science or Information Technology student passes a pre-approved industry
certification, they can have a portion of the cost of the exam awarded to them as
a scholarship. Maximum amount of the award is 50% of exam amount, not to exceed $100
for an individual exam. This scholarship does NOT cover the cost of training, education
or failed exams.  Total scholarships are capped at $250 for an individual student.

“Typically, universities do not emphasize or provide funding for tech industry certifications,”
said Dr. John Burris, Department Head of Computer Science.  “We encourage students
to earn certifications while in school.  The department has resources in place to
help our students prepare for a number of certifications to meet tech industry standards. 
We want our students to stand out and demonstrate that they really are real world


Approved certifications include:

  • CompTIA Network+

  • CompTIA Security+

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

  • AWS Cloud Practitioner

  • AWS Solutions Architect Associate

  • AWS Developer Associate

  • AWS Machine Learning

  • AWS Data Analytics

  • UiPath RPA Associate

  • Google Cloud Professional Architect

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

  • Microsoft Azure Developer Associate

  • Microsoft Azure Data Scientist Associate



  1. Complete the Industry Certification Pre-Approval Form

  2. Receive email approval or rejection from Workforce Talent Initiative.

  3. Email the receipt and proof of passing the certification exam to [email protected].

  4. WTI will submit your reimbursement info to the Office of Financial Aid.  Awards will
    take about 1 week to appear in the “Awards” category of your Leonet account.